Beware not all those offering to write your Will are what they seem!

Beware not all those offering to write your Will are what they seem!

I don’t want to be morbid but when you make a Will, providing it’s valid, it will speak from your death. Too late for you to do anything about it.

If you or the person writing your Will gets it wrong and you die it’s too late. If the Will fails the Rules of Intestacy (as though you had died without making a Will) will apply or your loved ones will be left with an expensive fix. Potentially thousands of pounds from your estate to put things right.

If you employ someone to write your Will, face to face, by filling in a form, on the phone or online make sure they are qualified and have professional indemnity insurance (a minimum of two million pounds). Ask to see evidence of their qualifications and a Certificate of Insurance. Then if things go wrong your family will have somewhere to seek recompense.

Generally those qualified to write Wills are Solicitors (registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority), Legal Executives members of CILEx, Members of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and professional Will Writers members of the Society of Will Writers (SWW) or the Institute of Professional Willwriters (IPW).

You have been warned. Contact us for advice.

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